Cherry Class (Year 1/2)

Welcome back to Cherry Class! We’ve got lots of exciting things to look forward to this half term with our big lead up to Christmas at the end.

Miss Dotchin is your teacher and Mrs Milburn is your teaching assistant. Mrs Hathaway will be teaching you P.E. and Mrs Pilkington will be teaching you Music on Tuesday morning when you work together in your cohorts of Y1 and Y2

As you know reading is so important and we all love reading in school. We would love it if you could support your child in this and listen to them read each night (even two pages if time is an issue)! This helps the children immeasurably in their day to day school work, their communication and comprehension of the world around them. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this.

Our topic this half term is Light and Dark. We will be reading the book The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson and writing a story using Telling into Writing to help us. This makes the children familiar with story language and helps them include it in their work. They will be consolidating their use of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces, as well as learning about joining sentences. Learning about the features of a non-fiction text and they will learn a Christmas poem by John Foster called Who Was There? We will compare this poem with The Sea that we learnt by the same author last half term.

In Maths we will be looking at counting on in 2, 5 and 10 and learning about odd and even numbers. We will learn that fractions make up one part of a whole and do activities to find fractions of shapes and amounts. We will look at money and be able to recognise the different denominations and see how we can make different amounts using different coins. We will look at time learning about o’clock, half past and make sure that we can use our 5 times table to count round the 60 minutes on the clock. We will also be doing tally charts, diagrams and graphs based on Christmas activities.

In History we will learn about the Gunpowder Plot. We will also find out about the Great Fire of London using the diary of Samuel Pepys and other sources such as, paintings to help us.

In Science we will investigate colour making observations, recording results and making conclusions. We will also observe how light and temperature changes over the seasons and think about where our light sources come from. We learn about simple circuits and identify potential electrical risk in the home

In R.E. we will be learning about the Christmas story and the journeys to Bethlehem made by Mary and Joseph and those who travelled to visit the Christ child.

In Computing we are developing our skills in using basic direction keys, creating and debugging an algorithm. In Esafety we will be thinking about how we can stay safe online.

In PSHE we are learning about money, it’s value and how we use it in every day life.

In P.E. we will be learning basic games skills with Mrs Hathaway.

In D&T we will be looking at different advent calendars and designing and making our own advent calendar for the classroom this December.

In Art we will be looking at what primary and secondary colours and we will learn about the concept of shade and tone. We will learn about the artist Charles Rennie McIntosh and use a paint program to help us do some work in his style.